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Panasonic DMR-E55 or HS2

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by nashi, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. nashi

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    I would like to ask for some advice. I have the chance to buy either the Panasonic DMR-E55 or DMR-HS2 for about the same price. I know the basic differences between them and obviously the key thing is the 40GB hard drive in the HS2. I have looked at the manuals and a lot of the menus and features seem similar. But the HS2 is an older model and I was not sure if its performance (recording quality, picture quality etc) would be noticably different (better or worse) from the newer E55?
    Any view would be welcome.
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    The different between HDD/DVDR combos like the HS2 from 'standalones' is they allow you to make editted recordings that play on other DVD players. With a standalone you can record onto DVD-RAM, which has loads of features but is largely incompatible, or DVD-R which is highly compatible but has minimal editting features. With a HDD/DVDR then the HDD is basically like a DVD-RAM disk - you can then dub to highly compatible DVD-R. So you need to decide if you need tis functionality. Note the HS2 also has LPCM recording - ideal if you want to archive music concerts.

    However the E55 has better MPEG encoding, DVD-Audio, progressive scan and component outputs - it's effectively 2 generations ahead of the HS2 in this respect.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I had thought this would be a bit swings and roundabouts. I could use the flexibility of a HD but am also thinking of getting a FreeView STB with a built in HD (Pace, Humax, Fusion or Thomson). So long as it has a playlist feature I could set up everything I want on a DVD-R and then copy it over-night in real-time. It's not as neat as dubbing from a built in HD to DVD but I am getting fed-up waiting for a single unit with FreeView, HD and DVD recording. If the first such unit is to be the Toshiba next March (which I am sure will be very expensive at first) then perhaps a 2-box solution would tide me over and would only cost around £300.
    Any further thoughts on this option?
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    Every DVD recorder Toshiba has released so far has been very competitive pricewise. That said the RDXS34 is, on paper, very highly specified.
     
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    And a Freeview HDD machine will have no editing facilities.HS2 or E55 for the same price.I think the choice is obvious.Does the E55 play full 6 channel DVDA?Even if it does,its no contest
     
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    Thanks for your helpful answers.
    I was amazed that the Freeview HD PVRs did not have even basic editing facilities.
    However I am leaning in this direction and may wait a week of so longer to find out what the final spec of the new Panasonic Freeview PVR will be. I am hoping that it might have some editing facilities and other features to make transferring to a DVD recorder a little easier.
     

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